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Treasurer urgently required

18th May 2019

The club urgently needs a treasurer and/or book keeper, consideration can be given for a small stipend for this work.

There is a commitment to host the autumn 2020 North Western Relays here at Woodbank in the autumn of that year, a lead person or a small group is required to take this on, volunteers required please.

The club needs another director (as we are of limited liability) to oversee and advise on the affairs of the club, you do not have to be on the committee to fulfil this role.

Spring Clean-up Day

Takes place on Saturday 1st June at 11:00am, please come to help spruce up the stadium and bring a picnic lunch.
Names in advance to Becca Knowles please or just turn up on the day.

Winter Race Series

- 15th Apr 2019

The final race in the Winter Race Series was Wilmslow Half Marathon where lots of Stockport Harriers competed.

The results have now been finalised for the race series and I am delighted to announce the winners.

Rebecca Livsey was the outright winner in the women's series with 190 points as she competed in 14 of the 18 races available, including travelling to Pontefract for the Northern XC and Leeds for the National XC.

Well done Rebecca, a well-deserved winner. Lou Geldart was second with 125 points, well done Lou, and Alexis Dinsmor was third with 120 points.

The results were tighter in the men's competition and the first and second places are unchanged from last year.

Well done to Iain Murdoch who won with 125 points and to Phil Burns who came second with 95 points.

Congratulations to Ged McGrath who came a close third place with 90 points.

Prizes will be awarded at the Clubhouse in the near future, just waiting on replies from some well known celebrities about availability.

Manchester Area Cross Country League - Senior Women

- 27th Mar 2019

Apologies for the delay in getting back to you with the prize winners.

It's virtually impossible to calculate who gets what, so if you took part in either four or five of the XC races in the league, please collect your prize (toothbrush/toothpaste and medal) from the tuck shop at the track.

I'll drop everything off at the clubhouse on Thursday.

Well done everyone.

Super Seven in Sheffield

- 6th Mar 2019
Super Seven in Sheffield

England Athletics Indoor Nationals

There was an outstanding set of results for the Stockport Track & Field Training Group at the England Athletics National Indoor Championships in Sheffield last weekend, with our Athletes bringing back a total of seven National Medals.

Not only was this the best ever collective set of results for the Group, Athletes from the Group came away with more National medals than any other Club, let alone training group, in the UK, making Stockport Harriers the most successful Club competing in the National Championships.

Heptathlete Abi Pawlett led the medal charge against event specialist athletes just two weeks ahead of her main focus – the National Indoor Combined Events in March – taking the National Long Jump title with a best jump of 5.89m and a series of jumps of which all six were better than any other jump in the competition, and the National High Jump title with a PB jump of 1.76m to extend her lead at the top of the UK rankings in both events. Just minutes after taking the High Jump Title Abi also took Silver in the 60m Hurdles, missing out on the Gold to 2018 European Youth Finalist Lucy-Jane Matthews in a photofinish but setting a significant PB of 8.51 seconds in the process.

Jack Doodson set a lifetime best of 1.70m to finish 4th in Saturday’s Under 15 Boys High Jump Final but returned for the Long Jump on Sunday where, despite ranking 7th going into the competition, took the Silver medal with a second personal best of the weekend with 5.98m to set the tone for the day for the rest of the Group and missing out on the Gold to Reading AC’s Sammy Ball by just a single centimetre.

The Under 17 Women’s Triple Jump saw continued success for our Athletes and two medal-winning performances courtesy of a superb season’s best leap of 11.49m in the first round for Holly Aitchison and an excellent personal best of 11.46m and a confident and consistent series of jumps from Lucy Robinson to take the Bronze Medal in her first year in the age group, to follow on from a Long Jump Personal Best and similarly commanding series of jumps on Saturday to finish fifth with a best jump of 5.52m. Another Stockport Athlete who had a set of strong performances in that same Long Jump final was Grace Goodsell, whose best jump of 5.51m took sixth place and completed a trio of Stockport Athletes making the cut for the top eight spots. Alongside the long jump Grace, who returned to competition late in the summer of 2018 after surgery following a serious knee injury, also had an excellent weekend on the track, bettering her two year old 60m best in every round on her way to the final where her time of 7.79 was just a single hundredth of a second outside of the podium positions.

The seventh medal for the Group came for Holly Murray, exactly a year after joining the Group, and followed a confident and well judged series of runs to win her heat and final before taking the Bronze medal in a close and competitive Under 17 Women’s 200m final in a time of 25.38 behind Dartford’s Kaliyah Young and Solihull’s Madeleine Whapples. This was Holly’s first National medal of any kind in an individual race and was thoroughly deserved.

Katie Waterworth and Megan Lasseter competed in an exceptionally strong field of eighteen athletes in the Under 20 Women’s Long Jump. Katie’s jump of 5.61m finished ninth and missed the cut by an agonisingly close two centimetres while Megan’s jump of 5.23m took fifteenth place in her first Nationals as an Under 20. Megan returned on Sunday, competing in the triple jump where she finished 12th.

Emily Misantoni took on the specialist throwers in the Under 17 Women’s Shot, missing the cut by just a few centimetres and finishing ninth but producing a best throw of 11.31m, just outside her lifetime best set earlier this season – a performance that will score very well in the upcoming National Combined Events next month. In the Under 17 Women’s 60m Hurdles, Myah Booth ran a time of 9.47, narrowly missing qualification for the semi-finals. In the Under 17 Women’s High Jump, Lara Taylor jumped 1.50m, finishing in 18th.

Great performances came not just from our medal-winners but right through the Group, including from some of our younger Athletes who were making their debut both at this National Championships and at this level of competition. Charlotte Wilkinson was one of these Athletes and ran superbly in both the 60m and 200m, running a PB of 8.24 seconds to qualify for Saturday’s 60m Semi-Finals where she matched that time exactly before returning on Sunday and setting a huge personal best of 26.32 to qualify for the 200m Semis, more than 0.6 seconds off her previous best time.

Competing alongside Charlotte in the Under 15 Girls 60m Heats were three other Group Athletes, all making their debuts in this competition. Kate Horobin ran 8.57, Rebecca Leather 8.71 and Millie Everett 8.76, with all three gaining great experience that will stand them in good stead for the future, which will hopefully involve many more National Championships.

Rebecca Cox was another from the group making their debut at the England Athletics Championships and after struggling in Saturday’s High Jump bounced back very well to run a personal best of 10.17 seconds in the Under 15 Girls 60m Hurdles on Sunday, just one hundredth quicker than training partner Anya Dunne who also set a personal best with her time of 10.18 seconds in what was also her first time competing at the National Championships.

Moving up to the Under 17’s and Olivia Ashdown missed her 60m PB by a hundredth of a second before running very strongly in her main event, the 300m, eclipsing her indoor best by half a second and setting an outright lifetime best of 42.51 seconds to conclude an indoor season where she has steadily improved her performances week by week in the few months since joining the Group.

All in all it has been a superb weekend for the Group, with lots of success and positive learning experiences thanks to the hard work and effort of all of the Athletes over the winter, in circumstances that have often not been made easy, as well as all of our team of Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and the rest of our support team including Doug and the medical staff from Altius and the external Coaches who have supported us over the winter. Thanks must also go to the Parents, friends and family who travelled to Sheffield and provided every one of our Athletes with what was noticeably some of the best support from the stands across the whole weekend.

Northern and National Championships

- 24th Feb 2019

Senior Women at the Northern and National XC Championships.

Congratulations to the senior women who took part at the Northerns and Nationals. We only had a small contingent at both events, only four at the Northerns and five at the Nationals but we all really enjoyed the races and it was great to be part of events which include the top athletes in the country.

It would be really great to have more of our athletes taking part next year, remember you don't have to qualify for either of these events, and as soon as I have details I'll post them out.

Well done Lizzie Apsley, Lou Geldart, Rebekah Livsey, Lesley Sinclair, the club is very proud of you.

Well done also to our fabulous juniors and senior men and many thanks to Iain Murdoch and his trusty team who arrived at the crack of dawn to set up the gazebo in a prime position and of course to dismantle it at the end of the day, thanks so much Iain

Manchester Area Cross Country League

- 23rd Feb 2019

Another Cross Country season finished, hope everyone enjoyed competing in the five races, the weather was especially kind to us and there wasn't too much mud to clean off legs and spikes for a change.

We had some fantastic results from our junior athletes with lots of them turning up to compete, it's a delight to know that our upcoming elite senior athletes are already collecting important prizes as juniors.

Our senior women did really well and we have quite a few team prizes to collect at the presentation of the awards. Well done also to the senior men, the number of athletes entering the MACCL reached a record high this year which makes the races so much more competitive.

The awards evening for the MACCL takes place on Friday, 1st March, at Wilmslow Rugby Club and we have quite a few prizes to collect so it would be great to see a big contingent from Stockport Harriers present to collect their prizes and to support their fellow athletes.

Tickets have to be purchased beforehand, please contact Alexis for details.

Another MACCL Season over

- 10th Feb 2019

Well another season of MCCL completed and what fantastic achievements from you all, turning out in all weather conditions. Although I personally like lots of rain, mud and snow!! It’s great to see lots of you progressing over the past few months and reaching your goals.

On behalf of the group, we would like to wish Nikki speedy recovery, Nikki I’m sure you’ll be back soon, take it easy though. Plenty of time to get back to your fitness. The groups not the same without!

I would like to say a huge thank you to Alexis and Kevin for taking on the team managers role. I believe Alexis is going to continue again next season. (Thank you Alexis) Also Rebecca, Ian and Jenny for putting up the gazebo at all the events and for the lovely cakes, tea, coffee and soup too. Having the Stockport gazebo makes such an impact on the club, in that we are all supporting each other meeting new friends and being part of something.

I must say the children have been an inspiration, their support to each other kindness resilience and perseverance, has enabled them to enjoy the sport make new friends and what fantastic sportsmanship they demonstrate with their fellow athletes. Its lovely to see them cheering the adults to make them run even harder. I’m very proud to be part of such a great club and I’m sure all the parents would echo my sentiments. The Sportsmanship I have observed in its very essence, is respect for others and for one's self. It encompasses all that which is good in human nature. It is a concrete measure of the understanding and commitment to fair play, ethical behaviour and integrity. They are our future athletes after all.

Two recent bereavements

- 1st Feb 2019

It is regretted that two former chairmen of Stockport Harriers have recently passed away and their contributions to the local athletic club scene will be sorely missed.

Firstly Peter O’Hare who was chairman for two years in the early nineties and had an insatiable enthusiasm for marathons and half marathons including the tour of Tameside and is the only person known locally who has gone through a complete calendar year and undertaken a race every week, a feat which is unlikely to be accomplished again in a hurry. Peter was a stalwart of East Cheshire Harriers and then followed it up with a valuable period of time at Stockport Harriers before commencing his own running group in the Hyde area and taking time to coach many athletes up to good road, trail and fell racing levels.

Secondly there is Mike Durcan (pictured right) who was Stockport’s longest serving chairman by far from the beginning of the new century right through to only a couple of years ago and his star attraction was his trademark red beret which was an easy way of picking him out in the London marathon which he enjoyed on many occasions. His main training centre was from Jackson’s lane recreation centre, Hazel Grove where he was known by athletes far and wide from that area and another regular training area was to take to the canal tow path and the Middlewood way in the Marple area where he lived.

Winter Race Series

- 25th Jan 2019

With only seven more races to go before the series finishes the cash prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places are being hotly contested. In the women's field we have six athletes with 55 points:- Amy Barter, Fiona Cooke, Lou Geldart, Jayne Lawton, Jenny Pickard and Sophie Seinger.

Just in front with 60 points is Maureen Wilkins and well up the leaderboard at the moment is Rebekah Livsey with 85 points.

The men's points are being more tightly contested. Phil Burns is leading with 75 points. Just five points behind Phil with 70 points are Nick Roberts and Steve Brown and last year's winner, Iain Murdoch has 65 points. Mark Smith is not far behind Iain on 55 points. Nathan Mayo, Ged McGrath, Simon Pickard and Peter Sinclair have 50 points.

The cash prizes could be won by any of these athletes.

The remaining races are the Northern XC Champs this Saturday, MACCL Kenworthy Woods, Stockport Trail Half Marathon, National XC Champs, any Cheadle Hulme Parkrun in March, High Leigh 10k and finally the Wilmslow Half.

Full details are on the notice board in the clubhouse, including the latest points list. Well done everyone, this could be a close call.

Best of luck. Alexis

Membership renewal update

22nd Apr 2018

The BACS payment facility is now available for your membership payments (account: 19342879, sort code: 830425).

The forms on the website have been updated with the BACS details.

Many thanks for your patience.

BACS is now the preferred payment method as this saves much time and effort for the committee.

Additionally, the committee have agreed that all non-running members (social/volunteers/non-running coaches) should not pay a club membership fee. There is therefore now a FREE club membership category. If you have already paid and you feel you should have had a free membership please get in touch.

Also, many thanks to those who have completed their form and payment already. We are close to 200 paid members in the first 3 weeks. Great progress!